If you love studying minerals then getting a geology degree and being a mineralogist is definitely a career for you. You can go either into the mining industry (ex. gold, base metals etc.) or work as a curator for a museum. If you prefer to look at beautiful minerals all day then curating is a good path to follow. I don’t know the salary ranges for curating but for those mineralogists who work for mining companies the range could go from $35,000 to $65,000 annually depending on how big and well known the company is (ex. BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto).